Words after Empire: Modern African Literature - An Introduction

Ref: C2341162

For many of the states of Africa, the second half of the twentieth century brought independence after decades of European colonial rule. The following years saw the emergence of many African authors able to tell their own stories, arguably for the first time in centuries. African literature has continued to address questions both of the past and the future, of the legacy of the colonial era and of the fate of post-independence Africa ever since. We’ll read one of the most notable African novels of recent years, Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, while discussing the major themes of African and post-colonial literature and the debates around them, with short stories, critical essays and historical accounts from a variety of other authors.

Course aim

We’ll read a recent classic of African literature - Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie - as a way of beginning to explore and discuss key themes of African and post-colonial literature and the debates around them.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with the selected text (Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie) and the events, characters and themes it depicts.
  • Confidently approach other works of African literature and place them in their literary, historical, cultural, social and political contexts.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the concept of post-colonial literature.
  • Show an awareness of some of the key questions and debates surrounding African and post-colonial literature.

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to contribute to group discussion of each week's reading, with input from the tutor.

What else do I need to know?

  • It would be helpful if you had access to the internet (Mobile phone, tablet or computer at home or through a library etc.)
  • Students will require a copy of Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • It would be useful, but not essential, to have read Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.

What can I do next?

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Words after Empire: Modern African Literature - An Introduction

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